In the wake of a member survey and professional led study to assess long-range needs and project program growth, Calvary Baptist Church of Alexandria, Louisiana established a goal to develop and construct a new 1,500 seat Worship Center to meet the church’s increasing spatial requirements for joint worship services. The functional program for the new Worship Center, in addition to the 1,500 seat auditorium, includes an expansive lobby, choral rehearsal suite, satellite bookstore, staff offices, video studio, audio studio, and broadcast mixing control room.
The new Worship Center incorporates features, including removable choir risers, that allow flexibility of use between traditional and contemporary worship programs; and provide a large, expansive platform for theatrical productions. In addition, the orientation of the Worship Center, on the existing Calvary campus, was selected to enhance the pedestrian mall spine that interconnects current choral, worship, fellowship, activity, and educational spaces. The new lobby not only serves as the connector between the new Worship Center and existing pedestrian mall, but also provides a much needed overflow and expansion of Calvary’s fellowship hall.
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